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Notice of Public Hearing: Substantial Amendment to 2019 Action Plan

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July 22, 2021
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Notice is hereby given that the City Council will consider a Substantial Amendment to the 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Action Plan on August 2, 2021 at its regular meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, Minnesota, 55431, or by electronic means as provided by State law.

The City of Bloomington is an entitlement city for the receipt of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds administered and distributed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD). The City has been notified that it will receive additional federal CDBG funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to assist in responding to special community needs associated with COVID-19.

In accordance with 24 CFR 91.05(c)(2) and subpart B of the federal regulations relative to citizen participation for Community Planning and Development Programs and applicable waivers made available to those requirements through the CARES Act, the City of Bloomington is making a substantial amendment to the 2019 Annual Plan.

Public Comment Period and Process

Using the expedited Citizen Participation Process, these amendments are available for a 5-day public review and comment period from July 28, 2021 to August 2, 2021. Citizens wishing to submit written comments may email comments HRA@bloomingtonmn.gov or mail comments to: City of Bloomington, Housing and Redevelopment Authority, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431.

Amendments

FY 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan 

The FY 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan is being amended to allow the City to receive and administer an additional $515,447 in HUD Community Development Block Grant-CV (CDBG-CV) funding made available through the CARES Act. These funds may be used to prevent or prepare for the spread of coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) and respond and facilitate assistance to eligible households, persons, and businesses economically impacted by COVID-19. Any additional CDBG-CV funds that are not known at this time and that may become available to the City by HUD  may be utilized for the same purpose as this allocation.  The following lists the different activities and the amounts to be funded:

Project Project Description Proposed Amount
Emergency Housing, Rental, and Utility
Assistance
Additional support for community-based organizations providing emergency housing, rental, and utility assistance to Bloomington persons impacted by COVID-19.  New total project amount for these efforts will be $469,466. $200,000
Housing Assistance for Homeowners Funding to support emergency mortgage assistance and foreclosure prevention counseling through the Minnesota Homeownership Center and other eligible non-profit organizations. $194,447
Homelessness Response Services Funds will be used to provide grants to non-profit organizations who can provide outreach and access to county services to unsheltered persons. $50,000
Housing Assistance Navigators Support for housing navigation services to help residents successfully access housing assistance, such as Rent Help MN funding.  $35,000
Administrative Costs HUD recognizes that funding additional activities and responding to COVID-19 will increase administration and planning costs.  The City will use CDBG-CV funds towards increased administration costs to support staff who are assisting with responding to new project needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. $36,000

How you can participate 

As permitted by state law and due to the global COVID-19 health pandemic, this public meeting will be held in the Council Chambers and available virtually.

To watch or listen to the meeting

  • Attend the meeting in person at Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road
  • BTV (Comcast channels 859 or 14)
  • Watch online at blm.mn/btv-live or the City's YouTube channel blm.mn/youtube
  • By phone: 1-415-655-0001, access code __________________. A mobile phone is recommended to avoid long-distance charges

To provide public comment

There are three ways to comment or testify during the public comment period of a public hearing.

1. In Person at the meeting.

  • Beginning June 14th, City Council meetings will be held via a hybrid of virtual and in-person options. If you wish to provide public comment or testimony during a public hearing, please wait for the Mayor to open the public comment or public hearing, approach the podium, add your name and contact information to the clipboard, and begin speaking.

2. Phone in during the meeting.

  • Dial phone number 1-866-427-2706, conference ID ____________ prior the start of the item you wish to speak on.
  • Provide the operator with the item number and name listed on the agenda. You will be placed on hold and your line muted until it is your turn to comment or testify. 

3.Contacting the Council Secretary prior to the meeting. 

  • Call 952-563-4695 or email councilsecretary@bloomingtonmn.gov(link sends e-mail).
  • Include the item number and name listed on the agenda.
  • Include your name, phone number and address when leaving a voicemail or email. 
  • Voicemail and emails must be received by 2 p.m. on the day of the City Council meeting.  
  • Please indicate if you also plan to call in during the meeting to provide live comment or testimony.

Further information

Using the expedited Citizen Participation Process, these amendments are available for a 5-day public review and comment period from July 28, 2021 to August 2, 2021. Citizens wishing to submit written comments may email comments HRA@bloomingtonmn.gov or mail comments to: City of Bloomington, Housing and Redevelopment Authority, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431.